GA Farmers: Senator Raphael Warnock discusses mental health resources

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GEORGIA – Georgian farmers this week met with Senator Raphael Warnock, Assistant Agriculture Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh and State Representative Robert Dickey to discuss farm stress and mental health, according to informations.

Warnock, who took part in the roundtable on Tuesday at Dickey Farm, said he hoped leaders would find solutions to the problems facing farmers, reports 41NBC. He said natural disasters and the pandemic have exacerbated the stress on agriculture, 41NBC reported.

“As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am always proud to fight for the resources our farmers and rural communities need,” Warnock wrote in a Twitter post. “I fight so that the next generation of farmers can carry on the legacy of their families.”

Warnock is tackling mental health by working to get more resources for rural communities, 41NBC reported.

“We were able to secure $10 million in additional support for a network to support our farmers and ranchers,” Warnock told 41NBC. “Returning to DC, I will focus on getting more people the resources they need.”

Will Bentley, an Upson County cattle rancher, said 13WMAZ with rising costs and an end product that stays the same, it’s been very difficult for people in the industry.

“We can’t control the price. We can’t control the price of our inputs. We can’t control the price of our end product either,” Bentley said.

Bentley says fertilizer, gasoline, equipment, transportation and labor have also increased, adding to stress for farmers.

According to Warnock’s website, part of his platform has been farmers’ rights, especially black farmers.

“Georgia is home to a significant number of African American farmers who are essential to the agricultural economy,” the website states. “Reverend Warnock believes we should level the playing field for black and minority farmers by expanding access to capital for equipment and financial resources and ending discriminatory policies at the federal level that limit opportunity.”

According to the website, Warnock fought for the farming community in the Senate by:

  • Fight to include federal debt cancellation for all small farmers in Georgia (Relief for Small Farmers Act) in the reconciliation
  • Joining House Agriculture Committee Chairs Sanford Bishop and Rep. David Scott in pushing USDA on support for cotton merchants regarding losses related to COVID-19
  • lead a bipartisan effort with Senator Tommy Tuberville ask the USDA and the US Trade Representative to work together on European Union non-tariff trade barriers for our peanut farmers
  • In partnership with Senator Bill Cassidy to present the Disaster Reforestation Act to help our forest owners recover from a natural disaster


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